Cathy Walton-Smith " Spring wings in with hummingbirds |

Cathy Walton-Smith " Spring wings in with hummingbirds

Cathy Walton-Smith / View from the Lake
Grand Lake, Colorado

April showers bring May blizzards. You just can’t count on the weather in May. But the final signs of spring have emerged.

The official reports are in and hummingbird spotters have documented sightings. Sharon Peterson was the first to report in last week after having been dive bombed. So, get those feeders out, because those little guys are hungry. Just boil up a mixture of 4 parts water to 1 part sugar for 10 minutes, cool and fill your hummingbird feeder.

Don’t mix up any more than you need for your feeder, and don’t add any food coloring. Food coloring and undissolved sugar are especially harmful to these fragile birds. Also, don’t let your feeder sit for more than a couple of days without replacing the mixture.

My own final signs of spring include the green grasses, blue sage, and the frogs singing all night long in my pond. And, of course, there are those baby cows looking so cute.

Be part of the Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade.  Pick up a registration form to be turned back in to the Chamber no later than Saturday, May 23, at 5 p.m.  There is no charge to be part of this year’s parade. Please note that the line-up for the parade is 9 a.m. with the parade kicking off at 10 a.m. followed by the annual Memorial Day observance at Grand Lake Town Park. 

New summer fashions from the Red Sled will be featured at the Terrace Inn at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7. This fashion show is by reservation only due to limited seating, and is $5 entry for appetizers and then cash bar. Call Julia at (970) 627-3000.

The Rustic Urn will be in full bloom Mother’s Day weekend. Check out the great gifts for mom starting at just $5. This year there is a new line of custom hanging baskets made for the mountains. Pre-book your order and receive a discount. There are also special prices just for retailers ” a mere bud above wholesale.


Learn “How to Grow Vegetables in Grand County” at the Juniper Library, Sat., May 9, noon to 4 p.m. (Bring your lunch if you want). Presented by Carol Morales of Morales Farms in Granby. You’ll learn tips for planning your garden and knowing what to grow, and what grows easily out in the natural environment, under hoop houses, in cold frames, and in green houses. FREE.

Then on Thursday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m. join the Juniper Library Brown Bag Book Group for a discussion of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski

David Wroblewski is a master storyteller, and his breathtaking scenes create a riveting family saga, a brilliant exploration of the limits of language, and a compulsively readable modern classic.

The Troublesome Horse Rescue 4th Annual Spring Fling is Saturday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Western Dreams Ranch in Kremmling. Enjoy music and dancing to the Mike Music Band, and a great barbecue featuring tri-tip and grilled salmon for a donation of $20-adults and $5-kids under 12. Get tickets at the Granby Veterinary Clinic, Kremmling Mercantile and Summit County Animal Shelter. Call Sue Pratt at (970) 724-3231 for more information.

Don’t forget to drop off two non-perishable food items at The Grand Lake Art Gallery. There is still time to be entered into the drawing for the Donna Lyons framed original watercolor to be given away on May 23rd.

Tickets are still available for the annual Progressive Dinner to benefit the Juniper Library in Grand Lake. The Progressive Dinner will take place on Wednesday, May 27. Tickets are $60, contact Ann Feucht at 627-8172 or the Juniper Library 627-8353.

May is a great month for eating.